TURBINE REVEALS THE THIRTEENTH ECLIPSE FOR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®
Increased Level Cap, New Landscapes, New Crafting System and More!
WESTWOOD, MA - January 30, 2008 - Turbine Inc. today announced the launch of the latest free content update for subscribers to DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE® (DDO), The Thirteenth Eclipse. This major update to DDO brings new open landscape regions, an increased level cap, and more monsters, spells, magic items, and traditional dungeons. DDO is based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® franchise of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), under license to Infogrames Entertainment S.A.
"The Thirteenth Eclipse offers an enormous amount of content for DDO players," said Kate Paiz, Senior Producer of DDO. "We are really excited with how far DDO has come since we launched almost two years ago, and we have big plans for the game in the coming year."
The Thirteenth Eclipse continues Turbine's commitment to delivering compelling new content to its subscribers. This latest update features several new adventure areas with exciting challenges. Advanced players can now achieve 16th level, unlocking more powerful abilities, spells, feats and skills to tackle over 12 new monster classes that have been added to the game. New dungeons also await the heroes of the Eberron® world, culminating in an extensive 12-player raid!
NEW CONTENT FEATURES:
Ø New Landscape: Players can now explore three new areas of Stormreach including The Twelve, a series of floating towers, Meridia, an Eladrin enclave and the Vale of Twilight a huge explorable region with four distinct areas filled with quests to challenge high-level players.
Ø Increased Level Cap: Players can now advance to 16th-level under the D&D® rules. This includes access to 8th-level arcane and divine spells (Polar Ray, Sunburst, Firestorm, Trap the Soul, and more), new character abilities, feats, and skills.
Ø 12-player Raid: DDO's biggest and best raid yet calls on players to weather waves of devils from Shavarath, solve intriguing puzzles and battle several uniquely powered lieutenants across five distinct regions to face Arraetrikos, a huge red-winged menace with plans to conquer Xen'drik.
Ø Prototype Crafting System: The new crafting system opens up new possibilities to turn unused items into something exciting using The Eldritch Device and one of over 1000 recipes.
DDO recreates the essence of the classic pen-and-paper roleplaying experience with an emphasis on quests that provide a unique, immersive experience for each player. Authentic features in DDO include customizable characters; handcrafted dungeons filled with devious traps; monsters and stories from the Eberron campaign setting; an on-screen 20-sided die; and a dungeon master. DDO represents a new paradigm for the massively multiplayer online game genre with features, including solo and party-based quests, integrated voice chat, real-time active combat, PvP and award-winning graphics. DDO is a unique experience where players must use their combat skills and wits to survive dangerous dungeons, fiendish traps, and foes that punish the foolish. DDO seamlessly combines the beautiful world of Eberron, the classic D&D v3.5 rules, and the latest innovations in online technology into a breathtaking gaming experience.
Published by Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAR), DDO has been enthusiastically received by many gaming critics, including The New York Times, PC Gamer, Game Informer and many more. For the latest information on the game, please visit http://www.ddo.com.
Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator and operator of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. A team of entrepreneurs formed Turbine over a decade ago with the vision of becoming a leading provider of online entertainment. Since then, Turbine has grown to become one of the largest privately-held online gaming studios in North America. Turbine has created some of the most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Stormreach® and Asheron's Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.
Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering(R), among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons(R), and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at www.wizards.com.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as The Matrix™ (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo) and Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues™ and Dora the Explorer™, and Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
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